I love being passionate about stuff. Knowing all the ins and outs. Being up to the minute on the things I care about. But all that passion comes with a price, doesn't it? My most telling wage of this deep 'gotta-know' today is tiredness. Midnight came and went last night with me glued to the Tennessee Vol message boards. Coach Lane Kiffin's abrupt departure last night left me stunned - and I wanted to know every detail. Still do, I had to turn off sports radio to write this and I'm so afraid I'm going to miss something.
After 9/11, every morning I had to turn on the TV just to make sure nothing had happened overnight. That idea that something big could happen at any moment stayed with me.
That is my favorite thing about Twitter. Whatever happens, it's on there immediately. Many times there is info about which I care nothing. Michael Jackson's doctor comes to mind or most celebrity news. However, if it's sports or political stuff - I want to know first.
So last night and this morning I'm obsessed (I know you've been saying that word under your breath) with the Tennessee stuff - and yet the big story for the world is the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Intellectually I know the Haiti story is more important and makes my football story look small, petty and meaningless. But, honestly, I'm still obsessed with the Tennessee story. And taking a look at the sports TV and radio shows - I'm not alone.
You want more honesty? As I look at facebook and twitter updates of folks praying for and concerned with Haiti my thought is, "Good, there are folks concentrating on that so I can focus on the Tennessee story."
Should I feel bad about being like this? Is there room for all this knowledge? Is it a good thing we don't all focus on the same thing? When do I know if I need to know too much? And most importantly . . .
Who is Tennessee going to hire???